Playing with the numbers
June 21, 2008 9:54 PM Subscribe
Thinking of Joe Cocker's great cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends"
, I started wondering: what other cover versions have actually changed the time signature
of the original?
posted by flapjax at midnite to media & arts (47 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
The Beatles' original, of course, is in 4/4 time, and Cocker's cover turns it into a swaying, soulful R&B waltz. From 4/4 to 3/4. Nice! Now, one other example comes to mind, but, IMO, its not nearly as successful: Lalo Schifrin's taut Mission Impossible theme, from the original TV series. It was originally in 5/4, which was a big part of what gave it it's tension and urgency. The horrible movie soundtrack versions of recent years however, have dropped the 5/4 (after a brief introductory statement of the figure, if I recall correctly) and turned it into a plodding 4/4. A tragic dumbing down!
Anyway, what other covers out there have gone so far as to change the time signature of the original? Any more, I wonder?